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ANINDA GHOSE

SONGSOPTOK THE WRITERS BLOG | 3/10/2015 |





BETI   BADHAO  BETI  PADHAO
A video clip is doing rounds  in  the  fb ,whatsapp  & other media  --- of a  western clad girl  getting teased … ( contrary to  the earlier video of  not getting noticed)  , touched , disturbed  or  impacted in different cities, across busy streets &  teasers  coming back at intervals…. Protesters  almost nil.  Across age groups  people were  watching ,  but  avoiding  protests from safe  distance…. Of late  another stout girl comes  up ,  decently dressed , &  pounce  upon the  miscreants &  save this  girl scantily clad.

In the world of net , India is still  hovering on  n around   Love Zihaad  to  ghar wapasi, Sadvis  that preach for Indian ladies  breeding 4  raamjado  sons each….A  tiny light  emerges from the boxing star sisters –the Haryana duo becoming  mouthpieces n ambassadors  of  Indian steel giant.   Recall  of the old golden Tata Steel days  harboring Bachendri, Bula, Soma…?

In   2015  too, across the globe,  global business leaders do  not want  to  dole  out the position of  sublime  importance to  the  fairer  sex…. Nor in Oscar  or  in box office or in Filmfare,   awards  are doled out to women-directed  & women –centric movies,,, so few , but not so precious.

Political  reasons un-debated,  Lila Samson & Sujatha Singh both  have to hand out the batton to  stronger male contenders , nay, counterparts. We  fail to get  in the play n film  arena a plethora of  lady architects. 

And when  Bengalees  pride in their so-called century old renaissance theory  of  eliticism n aristocratic progressivism  , they  can  take  a look  at the  18th rank in woman per man ratio, way below  Kerala , TN, AP, Karnataka ---  the  rich  quadrangle of  Sothern India ,  a  desperately  growing Chhattisgarh,  92% literate Mizoram ,  even the poorer  & more non descript  Lakshadweep, Odisha, & Assam.

Why?   A Bengal   reeled  under  Bengalee Bhadralok  CPIM  CM  Jyoti Basu / Budhadev Bhattacharjee has  got  a lady CM at last , who  is  ruling with iron fist  stronger than Dalit  Maya Memsaab ,  but unlike the iron lady of South  Ms Jayalalitha ,  her state  is still reeling  for a  space of oxygen in  women’s  equality.   Jaya amma’s  state  is  standing far above  the rest of the  lady ruled  states ,  especially Bihar under Ravdih Devi made just a mockery  of social engg. Because Mamta  is  more bent upon her political survival with the aids from  repressive mollahs within & out of WB.

Just  1 Arundhati Bhattacharjee, 1 Sikha Sharma , 1 Naina Lal Kidwai , 1 Chanda  Kochhar, 1  Chitra Ramkrishna , 1 Kiran Mazumdar Shaw,1 Sulajja Motwani  are  not sufficient.   The ascent  to  board power  / board seat  as a compulsion  in Companies Act 2013   is yet to be tested as  to the   real induction of independent talents.   For decades ,  the  better halves of   Birlas, Ambanis , Jindals , Wadias, Reddys &  Godrejs  have  ornamented the ceremonial  posts   the way Sheikh Hassina or Begum Khaleda  Zia has  got the  heiring to the throne .  What is vastly needed is the spooling  of  a pool  of talents, so sharp , so independent, so  unique …..   How many Aparna Sens  are there in our skies?   We  have gracious  Nandita Dases  judging  Cannes winning on the spree  of Firaq,  or  Mother –daughter duos of Padmasees, Prabhakars &  Sarabhais, but  often over a  shorter horizon.   We  could  better  want  a  more lasting deal….. 

Newer & newer breeds  of   girls  are coming up in acting  in new genre of films  , trying to do some meaningful roles  but fading off soon.  Very few Kangana Ranawats  can stay put;  across Tollygonge, Bollywood, Tollywood, Sandalwood n Mollywood  so many fading sudden-stars  go down to casting couch  &  deplete to male-centric  exhibitionist roles……. 
In fact, at   left-centric  elite  level  also, there  is   a  starking need to redraw a much  impetus-yielding  role  of   ladies, coming up as Erin Brukoviches & not just Helan Kellars  / Mother Terressas.   Right of the center,  theatre to film to literature ---the  genius  need  a  very definitive   role,   more than  that of  a  mother India    or  an NGO  runner  lady-corporate, or  a  maa-bahu-beti  poltical jargon, or  a  caring wife to  an aspiring  honcho.  2015 demands  not the  pretty Chineese  girls   preyed by ugly Billionaires,  but  the strong leaders,  who, even from the confines of slave  trade can  establish Durbar samiti  &  Usha Coop Bank as  heroic efforts,   who—after  completing engg  from  premiers like IITs  or  MBA from IIMs ,  do not go for   corporate  jobs but  go in for start ups  , with  male / female  partners , mostly of the same breed  n genre.   It  is the growing craving for   either Ms Sangeeta  Jindal or  Ananya Birla  to carve a niche  for themselves, much distant from  the limelight of their husbands / dads , be it Art of Microfinance, but  which grows off own caliber n own perseverance n dedicated  love for the subject  independent in thought process  from what has  bred them , in the big houses…..

Narendra  Modiji  has brought in  several  novel schemes &  implemented several UPA schemes with twisted  dimensions. Unfortunately  this Man ki baat  of his  is  not yet so preached n proclaimed, nor so widely publicized .  Nor  the  I Tax benefit  given to the related scheme is at all enthusiastic.   Forget exceptions… promoters to CEOs  to  technocrats to Bureaucrats all   swirl in the  cobwebs of   dowries  &  women-bashing as  a favorite sadism in some form or other ,  n  saddest part is that  the  top echelons that mahadalit / ST  rise in political hierarchy in  states  like Bihar n Jharkhand---  they feel their birth rights to enjoy  bed warmth of    married  govt servants , &  their off springs   misuse power the  way any Brahmin  / Thakur / Rajput / Bhumihar  power-center’s  son / son in law do that  with the full knowledge of injustice meted  out to their  wives  at homes (  treated worse than their Keeps  at brothels / rented flats).

Beti Padhao  is essentially  a message on women’s lib….  A jibe at  girls  declining to  sit in  marriages  at 14—16,   for them to become  self –helped through rooftop / other marginal garden farming   ( Bengal leads the way) , a  soch to become equal / better  than  the life’s  companion for the girl. Wherein meaningful working / livelihood is not an  avoidable option  but  a way of life, a  way  to stay n think independent.  Beti  padhao is a message for  hundreds  of  students, lecturers ,  officers  &  managers n beyond   belonging to fairer sex , being taken  for a ride  by the stronger sex  to  thrash to bed  in return for  some  deserving  results , eg  PhDs, Scholarships etc etc.    Beti padhao is  also about   the freedom & liberation of a  girl from the subjugation of repeated sexual assaults  in the hands of  a male / female relative/  neighbor /  close friend /  other  offenders  coming from  lower, similar  or  older age group / generation.   Because   education is all about this liberation , across religious  strata, across  social milieu, across  all social  heterogenic of  demography. 

Come this spring, this 8th  March  should  be a soul search  engine for  all  girls----  to  think liberal &  grow up, break the jinx &   lead the way  rationally….  Not to be  tortured  without gain by  any atrocious monster in family / vicinity / friendship, nor  for gain  of any sort whatsoever , unless  that  stake her claim in a society better than an  upscale giglo.   Let the  year   of 2015  be  not just  a  celebration  of  some   girls bashing  women-baiters n women –teasers,  but  a  holistic  society  of   girls to  old ladies  singing  liberation , emancipation &  BDSM   only  for   own pleasure . 

Dubai  is  a  city  much liberated &  safe for  girls  than Delhi, where  , irrespective  of skirt length , a girl   is preyed , especially if she is from NE. Chennai is a  conservative city  but fascinatingly  indulging in sadistic  torture of  liberating womenfolk. Mumbai , Kolkata &  Bangalore are marginally safer  , but   as  states,  progressive WB shares  dias with equally progressive Kerala &  much – matrimonial  Assam. Andhra stands equal as also  backward  Rajasthan , but Odissa  falls back like so very repressive J&K.  Despite all  military oppressions, Manipur  stands  tallest in India.    

Beti  badhao is  an awareness  to move away  from  khaap bondage.  Even Manipur , known for  its  lesser  tolerance of women’s repressions, is  way behind  WB  in  female feticide. J&K  to , UK, UP, Bihar , Tribal JH , southwards  up to  Goa  fall  in this trap of  such paternal malice . Beti badhao starts from Beti  bachao &  the hymn is to discover the  asset in a  girl  instead of a liability . And  that is possible only  when the European Renaissance  experience gets  imbibed into  the  souls of  the  manubaadis &  Mussalmans alike , who  both  want  the  girls to be dictated  by purdah rules .

 Rank according to 2011 census[edit]
This is a list of the States and Union territories of India ranked in order of sex ratio for the years 2001 and 2011. Here, sex ratio is expressed as the number of women per thousand men in a given population at a given time. Data are per the Census of India 2001[2] and provisional census totals for 2011[3][4] results. As of 2011, Kerala has the highest sex ratio while Haryana has the lowest sex ratio among states and Daman & Diu has the lowest among all states and territories.
Rank
State
Sex Ratio 2011
Sex Ratio 2001
Sex Ratio Change 2001 to 2011
1
1,084
1,058
+26
2
Puducherry (2011)
Pondicherry (2001)
1,038
1,001
(not meaningful)
3
995
986
+9
4
992
978
+14
5
991
990
+1
6
987
978
+9
7
986
975
+11
8
Odisha (2011)
Orissa (2001)
978
972
+6
9
975
938
+37
10
974
970
+4
11
968
964
+4
12
968
960
+8
13
Uttarakhand (2011)
Uttaranchal (2001)
963
964
-1
14
961
950
+11
15
954
932
+22
16
946
947
-1
17
947
941
+6
18
947
934
+13
19
931
909
+22
20
930
920
+10
21
926
922
+4
22
925
922
+3
23
920
901
+19
24
918
921
-3
25
916
921
-5
26
908
898
+10
27
893
874
+19
28
889
875
+14
29
883
900
-17
30
878
846
+32
31
877
861
+16
32
866
821
+45
33
818
773
+45
34
775
811
-36
35
618
709
-91
*
Total average
943
933
+10
Names of all union territories are italicized.

Rank according to SRS Statistical Report 2012[edit]
This is a list of the States and Union territories of India ranked in order of average sex ratio at birth for the three years 2010, 2011, and 2012, expressed as the number of women per thousand men.[1]
Rank
State
Women per 1000 men - 2012
1
1084
2
979
3
950
4
948
5
944
6
939
7
928
8
922
9
921
10
914
11
918
12
909
12
909
13
896
14
895
15
893
16
884
17
874
18
863
19
857
*
Total average
908




State / UT
Boys (0-1 age)
2011 Census
[31]
Girls (0-1 age)
2011 Census
[31]
Sex ratio
(Boys per
100 girls)
India
10,633,298
9,677,936
109.9
JAMMU & KASHMIR
154,761
120,551
128.4
HARYANA
254,326
212,408
119.7
PUNJAB
226,929
193,021
117.6
UTTARAKHAND
92,117
80,649
114.2
DELHI
135,801
118,896
114.2
MAHARASHTRA
946,095
829,465
114.1
LAKSHADWEEP
593
522
114.0
RAJASTHAN
722,108
635,198
113.7
GUJARAT
510,124
450,743
113.2
UTTAR PRADESH
1,844,947
1,655,612
111.4
CHANDIGARH
8,283
7,449
111.2
DAMAN & DIU
1,675
1,508
111.1
BIHAR
1,057,050
957,907
110.3
HIMACHAL PRADESH
53,261
48,574
109.6
MADHYA PRADESH
733,148
677,139
108.3
GOA
9,868
9,171
107.6
JHARKHAND
323,923
301,266
107.5
MANIPUR
22,852
21,326
107.2
ANDHRA PRADESH
626,538
588,309
106.5
TAMIL NADU
518,251
486,720
106.5
ODISHA
345,960
324,949
106.5
DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI
3,181
3,013
105.6
WEST BENGAL
658,033
624,760
105.0
KARNATAKA
478,346
455,299
105.1
ASSAM
280,888
267,962
104.8
NAGALAND
17,103
16,361
104.5
SIKKIM
3,905
3,744
104.3
CHHATTISGARH
253,745
244,497
103.8
TRIPURA
28,650
27,625
103.7
MEGHALAYA
41,353
39,940
103.5
ARUNACHAL PRADESH
11,799
11,430
103.2
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS
2,727
2,651
102.9
KERALA
243,852
238,489
102.2
PUDUCHERRY
9,089
8,900
102.1
MIZORAM
12,017
11,882
101.1


[ANINDA GHOSE]


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  1. On International Women's Day, while the rest of India debated the validity of a monster problem over a documentary on India's most horrible rape in recent times, patriarchy was flexing its arms elsewhere in Tamil Nadu.

    Four men, of the unheard group, Hindu Illaignar Sena (Hindu Youth Army) attacked a television channel's office in Chennai. The reason: the channel had circulated promotional news that on International Women's Day they would telecast a special programme that would discuss the relevance of the thaali (mangalsutra in Tamil). The four hurled crude bombs in a bid to silence the channel.

    Why would the men of Tamil Nadu worry about a discussion on the thaali? The thaali is a wedding ornament. The wedding chain washed with auspicious turmeric and gold is tied by the man on his wife's neck signifying their lifelong bond. Many modern Tamil women are increasingly eschewing the ornament; they do not uphold the sacred myths around it -- "a golden band of protection for a woman's chastity."

    In a bid to uphold its sanctity the thaali has often been vulgarized and abused in Tamil cinema. Many of us have grown up on Tamil films where a man tied a thaali to the woman after raping her to make her 'honourable'; forcibly tied a thaali to suppress a woman into marriage; or scenes where villains menacingly swung the thaali frightening a hapless heroine, waiting to be rescued by the hero.

    Most married Tamil women continue to wear the thaali around their necks despite its rising absence among modern Tamil women at home and elsewhere. It signifies to the world that a woman is taken and belongs to a man. Dravidian activists invoke history of the Rationalist Movement of the 1920s saying the 'self respect' weddings of Dravidian political activists rejected rituals and did not mention the tying of the thaali as necessary by the groom. There is a loud debate about the century the thaali originated and how ancient, culturally it is in Tamil Nadu.

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  2. The March 8 thaali incident is the latest in a series of incidents emanating from the state that point to disturbing aspects of rogue patriarchy where casteism and misogyny and sexuality are evident.

    • On March 12, a policeman from Madurai, beat and assaulted his daughter on the streets of Bengaluru. His anger was that she had behaved in a 'dishonourable fashion' by hanging out with a boyfriend.

    • A fortnight ago came the news that Tamil writer Puliyur Murugesan was attacked and assaulted by a rogue mob in Karur. While the incident was spearheaded by members of a community attacking him for perceived insults to their caste, the reason involved gender. Murugesan's short story, Balachandran Enroru Peyarum Enakku Undu, dealt with alternate sexuality, the illicit sexual coercion a wife is subjected to by her father-in-law, with no protection from her homosexual husband. This is the land whose 2000-year-old Sangam poetry are verses of beauty and power that also deal with sexuality with a self-assuredness its contemporary citizens seems wary of.

    • A month before there was Perumal Murugan. A feted writer and academician, he was hounded and threatened to the point of silence following Hindu groups taking offence to his novel. Madhorubagan dealt with the ancient practice, among a community in Western Tamil Nadu, which allows married women to violate marital sexual fidelity for the sake of progeny. The obvious reason for violence against Murugan was he insulted a certain caste. But the simmering aspect of female agency and sexual proclivity outside of marriage that brought dishonour to the community went unsaid.

    • Prominent writer B Jeyamohan created a controversy in Tamil literary circles in June 2014, when he claimed that Tamil media was partial to women writers and featured them despite their lack of literary merit, unlike the male writers with their elephantine literary talents. He gruffly agreed to an apology with rising condemnation by many female writers.

    • Poet and activist Meena Kandasamy has been trolled for her vocal views on caste and gender. She even received threats of 'acid attacks' and 'gang-rape' on Twitter in 2013. Poet Salma who wrote of the female body and the pressure of marriage and the rigidity of sexuality within marriages, received condemnation from her community elders.

    • Since the turn of the 21st century, the infamy of filing 22 cases of cultural denigration filed against actress Khushboo in Chennai in 2005, for her comments that premarital sex for women is not taboo, continues to dog the state.

    While most of these cases are held up as instances of free speech being muzzled, or attack on creativity and debate in the state, the worrying aspect is almost all of these acts of violence and protests stem from patriarchal fear. Despite the increase in literacy, the lack of educated and informed minds erupts over clashes with modern ideas of female voices and permissive sexuality.

    A culture that worships machismo and fosters a cult of masculinity raises its ugly head despite the many social indices of prosperity and empowerment. The glitzy superhero movies continue to hold up women as symbols of Tamil pride and honour, both of which seek to control female sexuality.

    And those who speak of the beauty and universality of Tamil culture today seem to have forgotten the glorious verse of that modern feminist Bharati who said, "Let us reject any dogma that subjugates women."

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